Ttraveling with Downs

  • Today we are going to look at some travel tips for children with Down Syndrome. Does your child bolt? One idea my parents always used was to pair an older child with an younger. I’m the oldest, but I think we worked it out so an older sibling would push me, and a younger child would ride on my lap. Either that, or my parents would push me. They do have harnesses and tracking devices you can use these days.
  • Does your child flop and drop? The best thing you can do is to pick them up and carry them during times like these.
  • Some Downs children do not want to eat anything except these certain foods. Try working with your children on these things.. Keep foods separate. Let them choose their foods.


  • Children are different.. Some children love adventure, and do whatever they do to get it. Other children are going to be very timid. Most children are going to be somewhere in the middle. If one of your children doesn’t want to ride a certain ride, you probably don’t want to make them. If the other people of your family want to ride it, part of your family can ride, and the other part of the family can stay with the person that doesn’t want to ride. And then you can switch places.
  • Disney understands that families need breaks from crazy fun rides all of the time. They do have some slower rides. There are also first aid centers at each of their parks. These will be air conditioned, and you can just relax there.
  • Cast Members have been trained to help those with special needs. They may be able to help encourage those with special needs to ride more rides and things like that. They will be able to help you with all kind of things. Just ask them.

On character dining

Disney does these meals where you are actually going to eat with the characters. I know that Belle does one, and I also know that she and her beast are in attendance, but I’m not sure who else. Cinderella does one, and I know it’s her and her prince, and the wicked stepmother and stepsisters join them..

If doing one of these meals is something you and your family would enjoy, you need to decide and make reservations as soon as you know you are going to make the trip. To do this, go to, and you should be able to figure everything out from there. There will be space to tell about food allergies. Use that space to tell about your child’s needs. Disney will try to accommodate you as best they can. Booking early may allow you to have more say in what you will eat.


We are going to get back to our discussion of Disney and some tips that will help you.

  • Disney simply has way too much for anyone to see and do in a vacation’s time. No one can do a Disney park in a day’s time, no one. And when you add that fact to to the fact that your special needs child is probably going to need more breaks and rest times, you’re probably just going to have to make yourself see whatever you can see and forget everything else. Either that or make more than one trip.
  • Disney wants everyone to have the best time possible when you are visiting their parks. And that includes those with special needs. Disney has passes that will allow a special needs person and their family to not have to wait around in lines. The first day that you are there, you will want to go to Guest Services. When you are there, a Cast Member is going to take a digital picture of your child, and then they will link one of these passes to your child’s Magic Band. You will want to let the person know how many people are in your party. Once you have that pass, a lot of the attractions will allow you ask for a return time so that you do not have to wait around in line. Now you can only do this for one attraction at a time. Please keep that in mind.

More on Disney

  • Disney has published some guides that may really help you as you prepare to take your trip. There is a guide specifically for those with cognitive disabilities. If that is something your child struggles with, you will want to be sure to download this guide at the Disney website. Go to http://www.disneyworld..disney.go.guest-services. You should be able to find the different guides there.
  • Once you get there, and if your child is able to do this, allow them to explore the hotel on their own. I know my siblings and I used to love go to find to the ice machine and ride the elevators if you’re staying at a Disney property, your children will probably run into some characters around the hotel. If you’re not sending your children by themselves, go around with them.
  • Don’t rush, rush, rush. Take your meals. Take some time to relax by the pool. You know your children. You’ll know what they need. Do the things that you know will mean the most to them.

Tips on Disney

I’m doing this online challenge, trying to get this business mine to grow some more. That is getting a lot of my time these days. I am starting to get some people interested in my blogs and Facebook group []. Anyway, that’s kind of getting a lot of my time and thinking, and I am trying to make this fun. Let’s look at some tips on taking your special needs child to Disney.

  • I know I’m always saying this, but many special needs children do not especially like traveling. Sometimes it is scary to them to try to go to new places and meet new people.. You probably do not want to surprise special needs child with this trip. Instead, you want to talk to him about it. If you are flying, tell him what that is going to be like are. You might even want to take your children to the airport before your your actual trip. And if you’re driving, let your children pick out snacks they want to take and movies they’ll want to watch on the way.
  • Does your child understand what Disney is all about? Show them the movies. Disney has put out a documentary about their parks that you and your children might enjoy watching together. Disney also has a lot out on Youtube that you and your children might find interesting.

Back to Minicatiions.. The people are going to know all about your young person because of the interview process you’ve been through. And they are going to communicate all of that to the staff so that they will know what needs to happen. Travellers are always going to have their emergency contact cards on them. And staff will also know each traveller’s medical needs.. So why should you choose Minications? You will receive calls and e-mails about the things that are going on. You are going to get a complete are packing list. Their staff is quite experienced.


We are going to talk some more about this and the kind of trip they are going to give your developmentally disabled young adult. I am not quite sure of the age range that they will take.

  • They are going to have one staff member for every three to five travellers. The staff is there to make sure that everyone is safe and having fun. They are also going to make sure everyone does what they need to when it comes to personal hygiene, money exchanges and interacting with everyone around. They do not do one on one care.
  • When you inquire about a trip for your developmentally disabled person, you are going to go through a lot of paperwork to make sure your child will be a good fit. They know what they are looking for, and it is people who can be fairly independent.
  • They are going to put two people in each room. Everyone is going to get his own bed though.
  • Travellers are going to need medical insurance on any international trip. And these are your costs. And you must have the proof of that insurance to the Minications two weeks before the trip begins.


We love our families. But sometimes we women want to do a getaway trip where we’re just with our girlfriends. Sometimes our husbands want to do a guys’ trip. And sometimes it is good for our children who have developmental disabilities need to get away and have fun. And sometimes we need them to. That is where a company like Minication comes in. []

This group allows those with developmental disabilities to get away for the weekend. They want to keep things pretty simple so they are going to package all accommodations, transportation, and the costs of the care givers, rest assured that your young person will be looked after. Most of the food is going to be covered as well. You are also going to get a photo book.

Let’s get back to some more tips for Disney’s Grand Californian. We are going to start there anyway..
when it comes to food, Disney is going to have some really nice options for you. However, you should know that Disney’s food is going to run pretty expensive. You will want to bring food from home and keep it in your hotel room. For those who are flying, stop by a grocery store on the way into town, and pick up some of your family’s favorite foods. Something my family would do as we were growing up was we would buy stuff for breakfast, usually cereal, and lunch, usually sandwich stuff, and then we would eat eat out somewhere for dinner.. What I’m reading is that you can get a fairly inexpensive quick dinner at Whitewater Snacks.
And now I think we are going to start taking a look at The Resort at Longboat key Club which is in Sarasota, Florida. This is the place where summer never ends. They have some great tennis courts, two fantastic golf courses, eight restaurants and lounges, and a wonderful pool area. The pool area is accessible. They do have a lift into the pools. One of the restaurants even offers poolside service.